"A fascinating fable about the idiocy and cruelty to be found in isolated communities." Sjon, The Guardian
"This fine novel shows a keen pleasure and a real Swiftian ferocity and attack in its portrayal of social hypocricies." British Book News
"Written with a grace, style and wit that one all too rarely comes across... An exciting novel written with a force which makes it both fascinating and disturbing." Tribune
On the island of the eccentric Lord Iffe in the outlandish West, a monkey is washed ashore, sole survivor of a shipwreck.
The islanders make her welcome in their fashion.
Identified as a Frenchman by Gallimauf, the philosophical doctor, Maria the monkey finds a central role in society, and a whole range of expectations imposed upon her. But the locals soon become wary of the unusual habits of the French, and curiosity turns to outrage. The foreigner must be taught a lesson...